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Construction Workers Buried After Ceiling Collapses

The New York lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy maintain a close relationship with the construction industry. The shared bond has been formed over many years and is a result of different factors, such as our willingness to fight for construction workers and their families. The firm has achieved great results on behalf of workers who have been injured in accidents. We also make it a point to follow developing stories in the construction industry, often highlighting the dangers of this work so that efforts at weakening worker safety laws are exposed. Worker safety remains a critical issue in New York State and beyond. Attacks on worker safety laws are still a threat to hardworking men and women and their families. That brings us to a frightening work-related accident that recently occurred in the Mineola section of Long Island today. The details are below.

Emergency personnel raced to the scene of a construction site in Mineola this morning. They were responding to a report that two construction workers were trapped underneath the rubble after a large portion of a ceiling collapsed on top of them. The ceiling piece was estimated to be a 30 by 50 foot piece of concrete. It also had wire racks attached to it. At the time of the accident, the building was being prepared for asbestos abatement. There were approximately 20 workers on the site and these two were unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their bodies were covered in rubble and debris and the emergency workers spent hours trying to dig them out. The other workers were not injured.

Once the two construction workers were removed from the mountain of concrete and debris they were rushed to nearby Winthrop Hospital where they remain. The extent of their injuries is uncertain but they do not appear to be life threatening. The area near where the ceiling collapsed is now contaminated with asbestos and all workers now will have to be decontaminated.

The area near where the ceiling collapsed is now contaminated with asbestos and all workers now will have to be decontaminated.

Construction workers face many dangers every day. This is why worker safety laws remain so very important in our political and legal landscape. We need to be vigilant when it comes to protecting the men and women who build our cities, towns, villages and buildings. The lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy focus on fighting for the rights of construction workers. The firm has recovered more than $800,000,000 in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients. You can learn more about the firm by reviewing the firm website at You may also call for a free consultation at 212-736-5300.